eLife为作者介绍了在提交eLife 时提交预印本到bioRxiv的能力，反之亦然。2016年1月，eLife成为bioRxiv的直接转移计划的一部分, 它允许作者将预印本提交到存储库以及直接到期刊。现在eLife的作者可以做反向操作，他们不需要登录到bioRxiv来张贴他们的工作，重新输入提交数据，或者多次上传文件。在新的结果分类下，预印本存在于bioRxiv。用户可以在发布前引用工作并提供反馈。
Inside eLife: Authors can now submit a preprint to bioRxiv while submitting to eLife
By Andy Collings, Executive Editor, eLife
The use of preprints in the life sciencesis growing at an impressive rate (ASAPbio: Biology preprints over time), withnearly 1,000 new preprints being posted each month. At eLife, authors havealways been encouraged to make use of preprint servers, such as bioRxiv andarXiv, before submission or while their paper is under review.
Indeed, authors can upload a preprint tobioRxiv first and then transfer their files for consideration by eLife. InJanuary 2016, eLife was among the first group of journals to participate inbioRxiv’s direct transfer initiative, which means that authors can post theirpreprint to bioRxiv and then submit the materials directly to a journal(bioRxiv preprints can now be submitted directly to leading research journals).
Now, to further encourage the use ofpreprints in the life sciences, eLife, with the support of eJournalPress andbioRxiv, has made it possible to submit the work first to eLife and then postthe manuscript directly to bioRxiv. This saves time because authors don’t needto re-enter submission data, upload files twice, or even log in to bioRxiv topost their preprint. This happens during the full submission process, justafter the eLife editors invite a paper for peer review and before it’s sent toreferees:
The merged PDF (as well as metadata,including the title and author names) is sent to bioRxiv as soon as thecorresponding author approves their submission and the preprint will usually belive a few hours later.
In the first few days, five eLife authors havealready used this option to post their preprints. The preprints are depositedat bioRxiv under the category of New Results, using a CC-BY license, whichfacilitates re-use, as well as text and data mining. Using the preprint optionhelps to establish priority of the work, it enables citation beforepublication, for example in applications for jobs and grants, and it allows forfeedback from the community, in addition to the journal’s review process.
Richard Sever, co-founder of bioRxiv, said:"We are delighted eLife has partnered with bioRxiv to allow their authorsto simultaneously post submissions as preprints on bioRxiv. This is anotherforward-thinking move by the journal that means results can immediately be readand built upon by the scientific community.”
Although there are many advantages whenusing preprints, it won’t be appropriate for all authors. For example, somewill have already posted their work as a preprint, while others may becoordinating publication, or they might be planning a press release to coincidewith the publication of the peer-reviewed paper. Nevertheless, we hope thiswill encourage more authors to consider posting preprints for their work.